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"SAF-ta" comes to Yiddish from Hebrew. It means "grandmother", and the male

counterpart is "SAH-bah".

"ZAY-deh" or "ZAY-dee" somes to Yiddish from Russian. It means "grandfather",

and the female counterpart is "BUH-beh" or "BUH-bee".

My grand-daughters in Los Angeles, who speak English, call their Chicago grandfather

"Zayde", and their Cincinnati grandfather "Saba".

To my grand-kids in Ramat Gan, who are just learning to use their mouths for something

besides eating, I will be "Zayde", and their local grandfather will be "Saba".

My wife is "Grandma" to all.

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